Heating And Cooling Systems, The Magic Of Ductless
Most homeowners either have ducts and an HVAC system in their home or rely on other heating and cooling methods such as radiators, window air conditioners, and so on. Wouldn’t it be great if you could install a centralized heating and
cooling system in your home without breaking the bank or worrying about whether your home is too old?
Ductless mini split systems indeed exist, and they can be used to heat and cool homes without ductwork.
Ductless System – What Is It?
An indoor, wall-mounted unit and an external compressor are the most common components of a ductless system. Since the interior units are linked by refrigerant-delivery tubing, only a small hole in the wall is needed. This means ductless systems significantly minimize the risk of air leakage, and they’re also extremely energy efficient, as ductwork loses approximately 25% or more of the energy in the average home.
You can achieve precise cooling and heating with a ductless system, regardless of where the indoor units are located. How do you do it? Each device can be operated independently, allowing for customized comfort levels in each room. The devices are also relatively silent, which means you won’t be kept awake all night by noisy noises.
Ductless Heating And Cooling Benefits
One of the most appealing features of a ductless system is how easily it can be incorporated into any home, regardless of the available room or planned layout. Part of what makes these mini split heating/cooling systems so appealing is their adaptability: they can be implemented or modified to accommodate changes in your life, such as new additions to your house.
Consider wanting to add a room to your home but discovering that your ductwork would need to be expanded or that the obvious solution for heating or cooling the space isn’t available. It’s as easy as installing another unit and an extra supply line with a ductless device. Plan to smoke in one of the rooms, but are concerned that the smoke-filled air will pass through the ducts to other areas of the house? With a ductless system, you won’t have to worry about that.
Ductless systems are ideal additions if you’re adding air conditioning to a house with no current ductwork, attempting to fix a particular room’s heating/cooling needs, or considering downsizing.
Another part of your home life that might benefit from a ductless system is air quality. Since each unit serves a single space, the filters in those units may have a direct impact on the air quality in that room. This ensures that by installing filters in each of your units in several rooms, you’re not only ensuring that each room is comfortable, but also that the air quality is improved.
In other cases, ductless systems may be a more cost-effective or efficient option than conventional HVAC systems or adjusted heating/cooling systems:
- Even if those rooms are no longer in use, you can still make the rooms you use on a regular basis more comfortable without wasting energy heating or cooling them. This is ideal for empty nesters or those who are aging in place and do not need all of their home’s spaces.
- A variety of ductless system unit types, including those that can sit detached from the wall on the floor or even the ceiling, may benefit sunrooms, which usually have limited wall space.
- Garages and converted garage apartments are often separate from the building, which means they aren’t cooled or heated by the same HVAC system that runs in the rest of the house. Without a messy or expensive installation, a ductless device may provide cool and/or heated air to a garage or detached apartment.
- Ductless heating and cooling can help rooms with cold or hot spots. The units can be used to help monitor the temperature in problem areas without putting a strain on your budget.
Overall, there’s a lot to like about the concept of going ductless. If you do intend to do so, you can employ a specialist to mount the units to ensure that the electrical work is done correctly and that any access holes are properly sealed.